St. Vincent
King Edward VII Definitive
Badge of the Colony Issues

Updated - November, 2017
 

Identifying the St. Vincent King Edward VII Badge of the Colony issues is simply a matter determining the plate type version of the design. All of the stamps were watermarked Multiple Crown CA, and there are no listed color shades. So it is pretty easy to sort these stamps once you determine the design type. The stamps were issued as replacements for the lower value keyplate issues beginning in 1907 and continued to be used until they were replaced by the King George V issues watermarked Multiple Crown CA beginning in 1913.

Three plate designs were used to print these stamps. They are noted in the Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue as Type I, Type II, and Type II Redrawn. They are easily determined by looking at two components of the design. The Type I stamps have a decoration to the left of the value tablet, and have a dot under the d in the value tablet. The Type II stamps have no decoration to the left of the value tablet. Initially the dot was removed from under the d in the value tablet, and then in the Redrawn Type II images, it was inserted again. See the three enlarged images below for details.

The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2013 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and dates are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. I am not sure I agree with every color description, but it is a relative thing. You really need to see a number of stamps to really sort by color. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.

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Design - Type I
Note the decoration to the left
of the value tablet (yellow outline)
and the dot under the d in 1d.
Design - Type II
Note the decoration to the left
of the value tablet, and the dot
under the d in 1d were both removed.
Design - Type II - Redrawn
Note the decoration to the left
of the value tablet has been removed.
The dot under the d in 1d
has been replaced.
       
CW E18 - SG 94 - ST 90
1/2d Green
Type I
CW E19 - SG 95 - ST 91
1d Carmine
Type I
CW E20 - SG 96 - ST 92
2d Orange
Type I
CW E21 - SG 97 - ST 93
2-1/2d Blue
Type I
       
CW E22 - SG 98 - ST 94
3d Violet
Type I
CW E23 - SG 99 - ST 95
1d Carmine
Type II
CW E24 - SG 100 - ST 96
6d Dull Purple
Type II
CW E25 - SG 101 - ST 97
1/ Black on Green Paper
Type II
       
CW E26 - SG 102 - ST 98
1/2d Green
Type II - Redrawn
CW E27 - SG 103 - ST 99
1d Carmine
Type II - Redrawn
CW E28 - SG 104 - ST 100
2d Grey
Type II - Redrawn
CW E29 - SG 105 - ST 101
2-1/2d Ultramarine
Type II - Redrawn
       
   
  CW E30 - SG 106 - ST 102
3d Purple on Yellow Paper
Type II - Redrawn
CW E31 - SG 107 - ST 103
6d Dull Purple
Type II - Redrawn
 
       

This article was written to help you identify your stamps.
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Classic St. Vincent Stamps for sale based on the identification from this article.
       
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